There had been some hope that ABC might give “V” a reprieve and give it a chance for one more season, but it ended up not happening.
ABC cancelled both “V” and freshman genre series “No Ordinary Family” Friday, taking two science-fiction series off the network schedule.
While fans will be upset about “V,” there shouldn’t be much surprise. “V” was averaging a 3.3 rating/5 share, according to Fast National ratings from The Nielsen Co. That’s 38 percent lower than last year when “V” just barely avoided the cancellation ax.
“V” was network television’s fourth highest-rated genre program, but is ranked No. 76 overall through the end of April.
But every genre show (outside of “Fringe”) is in trouble, if it’s not already gone. “No Ordinary Family” averaged a 4.0/6 and was the genre’s highest-rated show. While it did better than “V” (and everything else networks offered genre-wise), it was ranked No. 60 overall as of the end of April.
“No Ordinary Family” debuted with a 6.3/10 back in September, but would lose a good chunk of its audience, its finale drawing only a 3.8/6. However, ratings had fallen as low as a 2.7 household rating, half the show’s premiere audience.
NBC also said it was saying good-bye to “The Event,” although it appears that the network will keep “Chuck.”
“The Event” averaged a 3.6/5 on Mondays, 12 percent better than what NBC did in the timeslot last year. However, that average was inflated a bit by the 6.8/10 premiere the show received, an audience that quickly departed to under a 3.0 household rating since March.
The only network genre shows looking like they will return right now are “Fringe” on Fox, “Chuck” on NBC and “Vampire Diaries” on The CW. There is a chance that “Supernatural” will get another season, but the show is currently on the bubble after losing 20 percent of its audience from last year since its move to Fridays.